Date: Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Cycling New Zealand fully supports the decision of the IOC to postpone the Tokyo Olympics until next year.

While the riders and staff are naturally hugely disappointed, the feedback to Cycling New Zealand has been to support this decision as the only fair and sensible action.

“We are in unprecedented times as a global family, and while naturally, we feel for our riders and staff who were beginning final preparations for Tokyo, that the postponement was the right and proper action to take,” said Cycling New Zealand CEO, Jacques Landry.

“Our focus right now is the health and wellbeing of our athletes, staff and their families as well as the wider cycling family as the world joins together to overcome this pandemic.

“Behind the scenes, Cycling New Zealand has been working on a number of contingency plans and once we are all safe and healthy again, then no doubt we will be hearing a lot more detail from the Olympic, Paralympic and associated organisations about the pathway forward.”

Landry said his High-Performance leaders will continue to reach out to the riders and staff to check on their health and welfare and answer as many of their concerns as possible.

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